Hallway Headlines: November 2021

Nathan Yuan, News Editor

High school removes bathroom doors due to drug and behavioral issues

AUSTIN, Texas — Austin ISD’s Travis Early College High School principal removed restroom doors to reduce drug misuse and other “significant behavioral events.”

“We have had multiple significant behavioral events along with other student code of conduct violations that have taken place in our restrooms already this year,” Principal Christina Steele Hantgin wrote in a letter to parents and the community. “Ninety percent of our drug offenses this year have taken place in the restrooms.”

Principal Steele also acknowledged the discomfort caused by a lack of privacy, but pointed towards safety as her first priority.

“My number one priority is safety,” Hantgin wrote. “Removing the doors is one of many strategies we are planning or implementing to keep our campus a safe learning environment.” 

Six students hospitalized in shooting near Colorado school. All injuries non-life-threatening.

AURORA, Colo.  — Six students, ages ranging from 14 to 18, have been injured in an off-campus shooting near Central High School in Aurora, Colorado.

All injuries are non-life-threatening, Aurora police chief Vanessa Wilson said at a news conference. Five victims were taken to hospital and one child went under emergency surgery. A sixth victim, an 18-year-old, self-transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.

No shots were fired on school property and the shooting occurred during lunch, when many students were off-campus. All the victims were students at Central High School.